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StreetFilms: San Francisco: Reclaiming Streets With Innovative Solutions Tom Radulovich, the executive director of the local non-profit Livable City, describes the recent livable streets achievements in San Francisco as “tactical urbanism” — using low-cost materials like paint and bollards to reclaim street space. That willingness to experiment was a big reason that the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) …

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Start-Ups Are Drawn to Pulse of Downtown [The Wall Street Journal] “We used to be located in the Redwood Shores area, but I didn’t like it because it was too remote,” says Bill Demas, chief executive of Turn, which moved into a 10,000-square-foot office in the restored late 19th-century Alhambra building in downtown Redwood City in January. “We wanted to …

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Public access to S.F. bay tied to private projects [SFGate] “The public-private seam is a delicate one,” APA chief executive officer Paul Farmer mused before the award ceremony here last Wednesday. “There are tricky things involved – how do you negotiate access with a developer? How do you make public access feel truly public? When it’s done well, that’s something …

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SFGate: Footbridge an elegant new icon in East Bay The 600-foot-long arc not only eases the way for pedestrians and bicyclists, it also sends a message naysayers choose to ignore: our society should aim to produce civic works on par with cherished landmarks from the New Deal or the Carnegie libraries of the generation before that. This larger cultural role …

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Deadliest for Walkers: Male Drivers, Left Turns [The New York Times] How To Raise Fares [Planetizen] Incentivize people to use pre-paid fare products to speed bus boarding by only raising fares for slower cash transactions Residents Who Live Near Public Transportation Live Healthier, Longer Lives, Study Finds [American Public Transportation Association] Ceremony kicks off the United States’ high speed future …

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2 year closure of Union Avenue Bridge over Route 10 prompts free RIPTA service for pedestrians impacted by closure [ProJo]. With Route 18 only running 17 times on weekdays and not at all on Sundays and Holidays, I’m glad I don’t live on the farside of Union Avenue. Four Projects to Watch (And Seven Others to Remember) [NewportNow] Not About …

Parklets

In Parks/Open Space, Roads by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Photo (cc) sfbike San Francisco StreetsBlog reports on the city’s Pavement to Parks initiative. On Divisadero, the city has taken two parking spaces from the street and created space for bike racks, planters, and cafe tables. “This is all about taking the narrative of the 25 percent of our land mass that [is] streets, and begin to take a little …

San Francisco left turn bike lane

In Roads by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

“The Wiggle” is one of San Francisco’s most beloved and cherished bike routes and guides riders the easiest way between two nasty hills. [T]he SF DOT striped a unique combo to aid cyclist’s safety and sanity. A green bike box on Scott Street – believed to be California’s first – allows riders to safely wait and queue up for a …

Temporary Architecture

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Rendering from Envelope Architecture + Design As we start to look towards redeveloping 19 acres of land in the center of our city, during the worst economic downturn in a generation, it is apparent that we need to start thinking outside the proverbial box. Envelope A+D of Oakland, California shows the way with Proxy. The project looks for a temporary …